On 1 February, all Lower 4 pupils were lucky enough to attend a talk by multiple award-winning author, Tom Palmer. Tom Palmer was previously best known for his football and rugby series but has moved on to also writing some very captivating history books, published by Barrington Stoke. The visit was timed to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2024.
Tom shared his journey from struggling young reader to celebrated author. He spoke about how he grew his confidence by writing about his passion: football. This passion eventually became the gateway to his successful historical fiction writing – a dream that he hadn’t thought he would come to achieve.
His engaging talk highlighted the accessibility of these books, making them a great choice for readers of all levels. He spoke in detail about the stories behind his history books, with a particular focus on his latest Resist, which shines a light on Audrey Hepburn's childhood in war-torn Netherlands and her remarkable role in the Dutch resistance during World War II.
Tom’s talk was particularly candid and sincere, and pupils responded by asking insightful questions that reflected their genuine enthusiasm for his writing. His interest in history was clearly heartfelt, and the artefacts that he brought along, gathered from his research, helped to bring the topics to life.
Following the session, local independent bookseller Book Bugs and Dragon Tales sold copies of his history books. Many pupils seized the opportunity to have their newly acquired books personally signed by the author.
Tom Palmer's visit sparked a newfound appreciation for history and left Lower 4 pupils in a reflective mood and, of course, looking forward to reading their new books!